In the summer months, storms can crop up with little notice. Residents should be prepared at all times and consider the following actions in case these potentially dangerous storms threaten:
If Storms Approach
- Most mobile/manufactured homes are not built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Residents of these homes should relocate to safer structures if an evacuation order is issued.
- Secure lawn furniture and other outside objects that could become projectiles in high winds.
- Listen carefully for safety instructions from local officials. Monitor a NOAA weather radio.
- Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and doors.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for storm updates.
- Have flashlights/batteries handy and avoid open flames and candles.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce damage when power is restored.
- Stay away from downed or dangling lines.
- Beware of weakened tree limbs.
- Open windows and doors to ventilate your house.
- Use your phone only in emergencies.
- Do not drive into water of unknown depth.
- Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Do not use fresh food that has come in contact with flood waters.
- Pump out wells and have the water tested before drinking.